The relief that comes with hydrating your eyes from dryness or irritation is indescribable - ask anyone with an eye condition! Those wearing contact lenses often experience dry or red eyes that could lead to blurred vision and increasing discomfort, if left untreated. Equally, glasses wearers spending long days in front of a computer screen don’t have it any easier. As the main culprits behind irritation are environmental factors (heavily air-conditioned, smoke-filled rooms or even makeup), having a bottle of eye drops in your bag is a great way to cover all bases - but what product suits your needs best?
Hydrate, don’t irritate!
Whether you’ve never used eye drops before, or you struggle with using them, our handy guide on how to apply eye drops will give you all the tips you need. If it’s not the application process that worries you, but rather the overwhelming range of products available - it will all be much clearer by the time you reach the end of this page.
Vision Direct stocks a wide range of popular over-the-counter eye drops, for every eye condition or eyecare need. But as there are many brands available out there, and even more environmental factors that might affect discomfort, choosing the right product for you might seem daunting. Fear not: our Top 6 best-selling eye drops countdown is here to put all shopping dilemmas to rest.
Countdown: Top 6 Eye Drops
6. Clinitas Soothe
Preservatives? No way! Clinitas Soothe are preservative-free eye drops containing Sodium Hyaluronate, a fluid that replicates the composition of natural tears. This works well to quickly refresh tired and irritable eyes. These artificial tears come in 20 resealable droppers, meaning you can easily carry around one at a time, saving space in your bag or pocket.
People love Clinitas Soothe because they make your eyes feel clean and refreshed after a long day of wearing contact lenses. They are also an easy-to-use, hygienic option and their gentle formula is suitable for all types of eyes. If you prefer bottles to vials, you can opt for the handy travel-size Clinitas Soothe Multi.
"Great eye drops, really help when your contacts become a little dry or just after a long day of wearing glasses.""
- Review by Heather (Posted on 28/07/2017)
5. Hycosan Eye Drops
If you experience mild to moderate discomfort from dry or red eyes, Hycosan Eye Drops is the product for you. Apply 3 drops of this preservative-free formula in each eye every day and discomfort will go away in no-time.
Hycosan Eye Drops are popular because they tackle moderate dryness by restoring the humidity in your eyes, making your contact lenses comfortable.
"I find a few drops in each eye makes my eyes comfortable again for a few more hours whereas before I would have to take my lenses out."
- Review by Alexandra (Posted on 26/02/2015)
4. Blink Intensive Tears
Blink Intensive Tears are another great option to rejuvenate dry, gritty eyes and restore the comfort of your contact lenses. Their formula copies the role of natural tears in order to rehydrate your eyes naturally.
People choose Blink Intensive Tears because they target dryness and reduce it quickly, even with contact lenses on. As they’re sold in a 10 ml bottle, they can easily fit in a bag of any size. However, if eye drop bottles are not your thing, you can get Blink Intensive Tears in vial form.
"I think I would be lost without these, use them every morning before wearing my contact lenses. Great for tired eyes.""
- Review by Nicola (Posted on 04/10/2018)
3. Blink Contacts
Specifically designed for contact lens wearers, Blink Contacts provide relief from dry and tired eyes, making your contact lenses more comfortable. These eye drops work well with any type of contacts or eye conditions: easy-going, effective and affordable.
People choose Blink Contacts because of their moisturising effect both on eyes and contact lenses, and how convenient their packaging is. If you’re not a big fan of eye drop bottles though, this product is also available in handy vials.
"I suffer from dry eye syndrome and this product is great for use throughout the day. Keeps the lenses moist and is really soothing on the eyes."
- Review by Pamela (Posted on 24/09/2018)
2. Hycosan Extra Eye Drops
Hycosan Extra Eye Drops are the upgraded version of number 5 on our countdown, Hycosan Eye Drops. The difference is that these are designed for more severe and persistent cases of dry or itchy eyes. Their preservative-free formula means they work quickly and effectively with any type of contact lenses.
Hycosan Extra Eye Drops are so popular because of their particularly effective hydration, even while wearing contact lenses. Customers also love their handy Comod system that allows you to release each drop at the click of a button.
"Work perfectly with contact lens and gives you amazing comfort."
- Review by Bardia (Posted on 21/09/2018)
And the winner is...Drumroll...
everclear Eye Drops
everclear Eye Drops! Their herbal ingredients and natural, versatile formula provide a long-lasting hydrating effect for any eye condition, from dry or irritated eyes caused by digital eye strain to environments high in pollution, wind or smoke.
These eye drops are an absolute favourite among our customers, because of their incredible value for money (only £3.99 per bottle!) and their effective, instant soothing effect. The 10ml bottle is also very easy to carry wherever you go, a true must among contact lens wearers.
"Love these eye drops! Easy to use and my eyes feel great after."
- Review by Karen (Posted on 27/09/2018)